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Here at Aranlaw House, we firmly believe in creating a home from home environment. Residents here are free to decorate their room as they wish.

All rooms are en-suite, and are adapted with all the equipment that is required to facilitate the care of that particular resident.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) made perhaps the most succinct statement about care:

“If you really want to help somebody, first of all you must find him where he is and start there. This is the secret of caring. If you cannot do that, it is only an illusion if you think you can help another human being. Helping somebody implies your understanding more than he does, but first of all you must understand what he understands. If you cannot do that, your understanding will be of no avail… the helper must be humble in his attitude towards the people he wants to help. He must understand that helping is not dominating, but serving. Caring implies patience as well as acceptance of not being right and of not understanding what the other person understands.”

Dr Gemma Jones, author of ‘Care Giving in Dementia’, defines ‘ideal care’ as: –

“The attitude and supportive actions which make a person feel valued, safe, nurtured and cared for, regardless of their illness, the stage of their illness, irrespective of their gender, race, creed, past achievements, or their shortcomings as a human being.”

Aranlaw House Care Home

We have a painter and decorator on hand to paint the walls in their preferred colour. We’re also more than happy to move our furniture out of the room to allow for your loved one’s own possessions.

Because we are a specialist dementia care home in Poole, Aranlaw House has been interior designed to facilitate and promote independence for those living with the condition. All our bedroom doors are brightly coloured, and are decorated with the resident’s name and a picture, to make it easier to recognise that the room is theirs.

Communal areas

Aranlaw House consists of three floors, with each floor having its own communal and dining area. Residents are free to use the lifts to move between floors. We have cameras placed in communal areas and corridors, so we can keep an eye on residents’ movements and assist if necessary.

The communal areas are tastefully decorated with calming colours, which help to create a warm and relaxed environment in which residents can enjoy sitting among the company of others.

Interior designers have used vibrant colours to paint our hallways with themed murals that are easily identified. The designs, along with the sensory and visual cues that have been placed along the walls, help to generate memories and facilitate the residents’ sense of normality.

All communal areas are kept clean by our support team. Residents are more than welcome to help with the upkeep of the home if it’s something they feel they would like to get involved with.

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